4GB iPod Shuffle in the works?

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  1. Cyburnclassic macrumors member

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  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    I hope not. 2GB is more than enough when you can't see what you're doing. If you need more than 2GB, you're in the market for a nano.
     
  3. muldul macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't 4gb kind of defeat the purpose of a shuffle, i wouldn't like my whole library (well majority, my library is 4.8 gb) on my shuffle.
     
  4. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    At current rates of price drops and capacity bumps I could see a 4 GB iPod shuffle by 2010 or so.

    By then Apple might make it so that you can click through artists/albums and the iPod will speak the various artists/albums to you. That is if it doesn't get a screen first.
     
  5. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    2010? An 8GB flash drive can fit into a Nano. Of course a 4GB can fit in a Shuffle. I think in September you'll see 2GB and 4GB capacities for the new iPod Shuffle.
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I doubt that the shuffle sizes will go any larger than 2GB, since you can't see what you're going to play and I doubt many people have 8,000 favorite songs.
     
  7. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    Don't forget that prices have been dropping for the iPod shuffle while they haven't (much) for the iPod nano. I factored that in when making my estimation.
     
  8. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    No screens. 4GB shuffle is possible, for a premium, and the 2GB will become standard. If there's no 4GB model, the 1GB will remain as base.

    My predictions. :p:D
     
  9. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    Or the Sandisk clip. A little larger than the Shuffle but has a screen.
     
  10. 204467 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you want a screen on the shuffle? That completely defeats the purpose of such a tiny device.

    Have to agree; I could never stand to have a shuffle, I like a screen and all of my music in front of me in an easily navigable interface.
    I think a good idea for the shuffle would be to keep it at the current capacities but significantly drop the prices. Many people are in the market for an iPod but can't afford one; many people like the shuffle but don't want to pay for it (I know it's only $50/$70. Some people are cheap or just poor). Imagine how many more people would buy an iPod if it was just as superior a build quality, but on $20-$30. Plus, Apple might start to lose the reputation of having good products that only rich people can afford.
     
  11. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    I never said I wanted one.
     
  12. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Whilst my gut tells me that 4GB is far too big for the shuffle, if Apple were to introduce one costing less than £50 I'd find it very hard to resist upgrading my current 1GB model. :eek:
     
  13. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    I suppose the increased capacity would help for lossless audio and other large files.
     
  14. 204467 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, when you said "That is if it doesn't get a screen first" it seemed like you wanted one. My mistake.
     
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    The original Shuffle allowed for easy connection via USB. So in that form factor, I could see a 4GB model and use a portion as a regular Thumb Drive.

    The current Shuffle requires a short cable to connect via USB. Not as convenient for Thumb Drive operation.

    If we do see a 4GB model, then I would bet that we see some sort of playlist type feature.
     
  16. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    The iPod Shuffle works fine as a 'workout' iPod. No need to worry about scratching/cracking a screen. It is definitely not meant to be a media manager like the larger iPod Classic.

    Having a screen might be nice, but then there's the curse of creeping-featurism... too many features, probably half-baked and that you won't use.

    Of course, Apple is at the top of the minimalist game. It will be interesting to see how the next Shuffle turns out. :)
     
  17. macbattle macrumors member

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    Like the 1st gen to 2nd gen transition, down hill.
     

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